Best Schools in Maryland for Teachers
Experienced educators will tell you that great schools are an important component of a rewarding and fulfilling teaching career. Great schools provide a clean and safe environment for learning. They also have strong administrators who provide leadership and support for teaching staff. If you’re looking for a teaching job in Maryland, you’ll find many great schools for teachers.
We’ve put together a list of some of the best schools in Maryland. The state was recently recognized by the College Board has having the highest percentage of students scoring 3 or higher on one or more Advance Placement exams, so we’ve focused on Maryland high schools. If you’re interested in working at these or other Maryland schools, be sure to read our information on how to become a teacher in Maryland.
Poolesville High School
Located in Montgomery County and founded in 1911, Poolesville High School has been ranked No. 1 in the state by Newsweek and No. 64 in the nation by U.S. News & World Report. The graduation rate for this public high school exceeds 95 percent, with 94 percent of students enrolling in college after graduation. As of 2011, the student body enrollment was 1,194 and the student-teacher ratio was 14-to-1. Poolesville offers magnet programs in global ecology, humanities, independent studies and SMCS (science, math and computer science). Poolesville’s Advanced Engineering Academy is part of the Project Lead the Wayprogram, which is designed to increase the number and quality of professional engineers in the nation.
Winston Churchill High School
Winston Churchill High School is located in Potomac and is another highly rated Montgomery County public school. Founded in 1964, this public high school is ranked No. 91 in the nation by U.S. News & World Report. Churchill has a 98 percent graduation rate, with more than 95 percent of graduates continuing on to college. In 2011, the school’s enrollment was 2,085 and the student-teacher ratio was 13-to-1. Churchill High School has a signature program that provides students with the opportunity to follow an academic path that will prepare them for a particular career field.
Eastern Technical High School
This public magnet school located in Baltimore is ranked No. 131 in the nation by U.S. News & World Report. Newsweek has named it as one of the top schools in the country and it is a National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence. Established in 1970 as a vocational school, Eastern Tech now focuses on technology. It is not a designated “home” high school for any students and only students who meet acceptance criteria are admitted. The school had an outstanding graduation rate of 99.7 percent in 2010. Student enrollment at Eastern Tech is 1,255 and the student-teacher ratio is 14-to-1. The school won regional championships in 2010 in boys cross country, boy and girls soccer, volleyball and football. In 2009, Eastern Technical High School won the state championship in football.
Thomas Wootton High School
Wootton High School is located in Rockville and is named for the founder of Montgomery County. Established in 1970, the school was recently ranked No. 102 in the nation by U.S. News & World Report. Wootton offers two signature programs: humanities & arts and STARS (science, technology and research scholars). Wootton is also home to the Academy of Information Technology (AOIT), a program of study that prepares students for technology careers. The school’s graduation rate exceeds 95 percent, and more than 95 percent of Wootton High students register for college. As of 2011, the school’s enrollment was 2,318 and the student-teacher ratio was 14-to-1. The Wootton ice hockey team was the first school in Maryland history to win back-to-back state championships, in 2008 and 2009.
River Hill High School
Located in Clarksville and opened in 1994, River Hill High School is a National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence. This public school serves students from both suburban and rural communities. River Hill High’s enrollment is 1,461 and the student-teacher ratio is 14-to-1. The school has a 99 percent graduation rate. In 2009, 88 percent of the graduating class enrolled in college. In addition to offering a comprehensive college prep program, the Howard County Career Academy Program provides eight clusters of career-oriented courses in fields such as human resources, multimedia arts and information technology.
Before applying for a teaching job in Maryland, make sure you’re familiar with the process for Maryland teacher certification. If you are already certified to teach in another state, you may be able to take advantage of Maryland certification reciprocity.